Pharmacy institute needs more infra: Pharmacy Council of India

 A two-member Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) team from New Delhi inspected on Saturday the infrastructure of Government Pharmacy Institute, Patna, the state's lone pharmacy institute, and found the institute lacking in infrastructure and library facilities. 

The team will submit its report regarding renewal of the recognition granted to its diploma in pharmacy (DPharma) course. 

There are 120 seats for the DPharma and BPharma courses in the institute affiliated to Aryabhatta Knowledge University (AKU). 

Dr B P Srinivasan of Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research and Dr Kanchan Kohli of Jamia Hamdard, who visited the institute, also expressed surprise over the lack of girls' hostel. The girl students either live in private lodges or private hostels. The state government had sanctioned Rs5.80 crore for the institute's renovation and expansion recently. 

Established in 1958, it is the country's oldest pharmacy institute running DPharma and BPharma courses. Its BPharma course was launched in 2008 at the initiative of CM Nitish Kumar.The institute's principal, Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad, said, "We have sent proposals to the state government for construction of a girls' hostel. A proposal has also been sent for construction of a new boys' hostel in addition to the existing one."